In the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, where the photo exhibition of the World Press Photo winners is held, the sports club held yoga training. They decided to hang up the scary footage for the duration of the class.
Journalist Kristina Berdynskikh drew attention to the situation.
She notes that on the first floor of the museum mainly photographs from the war in Ukraine are exhibited. The main picture of the exhibition is a gigantic photograph of the winner of World Press Photo 2023 Yevhen Maloletka, taken on March 9, 2022 after the Russians bombed the maternity hospital in Mariupol. The photo shows an injured pregnant woman being carried on a stretcher.
“The exhibition runs until December 3. In the meantime, the fitness club decides to hold yoga classes in the museum on the same first floor. And makes a video announcement on Instagram against the background of these photos. In the comments, people were outraged, of course. The announcement was deleted. And what are they continuing to build a fitness club and a museum? They agreed that the classes would be held in the morning before the opening of the museum, and the photos would be covered with something. I didn’t believe that they would do it for a long time, but they did. Yoga was conducted, the photos from Mariupol were covered.” – says the journalist.
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In a comment to “Ukrainian Truth. Life”, the director of the Taras Shevchenko National Museum, Dmytro Stus, confirmed the fact that yoga classes were held in the exhibition hall, but added that he did not share the indignation of Ukrainians.
“What, people who live here can’t have the right to relax?” Stus said.
Photojournalist Yevhen Maloletka reacted to the incident.
“This is a kind of Ukrainian business. Where the Taras Shevchenko National Museum and this sports studio decided that they wanted to sneeze on everyone. In particular, on the victims and their families. At first, the museum wanted to remove the works, but the organizers forbade them, so they just decided cover them with sheets. World Press Photo exhibitions are held all over the world, where such incidents are not allowed. What can we say about a country in which there is a war.” – the photographer commented on the event.
At the same time, the director of the museum accuses the World Press Photo organizers of “inciting a scandal around the event.”
“We agreed earlier about these classes, and the organizers of the exhibition were warned that we would have our own events. We went to meet them in this. And their position actually surprised me, to put it mildly. When they violate a lot of terms of the contract, in particular regarding compliance with the walls and everything. They hung the pictures in the halls with double-sided tape and when they take them down, the walls will be damaged. And even now they are throwing this information out to the mass media. That’s all I can say for now.” Dmytro Stus noted.
We have not been able to get a comment from the fitness club that organized the training at the museum.
Under the announcement of the event on the page of the fitness center, Ukrainians are also outraged by the idea of holding such a class.
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